Eshoo Opposes the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act
Washington -- Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, made the following statement on the floor of the House today in opposition to H.R. 4761, the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006.
"Mr. Chairman, I rise in the strongest opposition possible to this legislation which will erase 25 years of critical environmental protection. Only a month ago, the House rejected an attempt to lift the ban on coastal drilling, and yet today we are being told that the solution to our addiction to oil is more oil; that the oil companies who are reaping record profits need more relief from Federal regulation, and that more of our public lands need to be sacrificed for their bottom lines.
"This bill should be entitled Nothing is Sacred Any More. This is an outrage.
"The wheels have come off here. This bill not only hurts us in terms of the fiscal condition of the country; it gives the wrong message. It sends a terrible message to people in States that have spoken out over and over and over again. Their voices will be ignored. The vote will be ignored.
"The Republican Governor of California is vehemently opposed to this. This is an insult to local governments, to State governments, and to anyone that wants to land on the side of the future for our country and not the past."